Students give a successful grilling in the court room

WOODBRIDGE: Talented youngsters have been battling it out in the high pressure environment of the court room in a bid to learn more about the country’s legal system.

Sixth form students from Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge have won the regional final of the Bar Mock Trial competition, held recently at Norwich Crown Court.

They will now journey to Edinburgh to take on the country’s finest in the national final on March 20.

For the regional heat pupils adopted the roles of advocates, witnesses, court staff and jurors and tackled a case, presided over by judges.

In the final round, the team - sponsored by Woodbridge charity The Seckford Foundation - presented tenacious barristers and unyielding witnesses for the defence, winning the verdict with ease.

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Pupil, Freya Sainsbury, 16, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity. We’re learning to work skilfully as a team and it has given me a real awareness of what the legal system means to society.”

The competition, which is now in its 19th year, is organised by the Citizenship Foundation and sponsored by the Bar Council.

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Judge Jonathan Hirst said: “I saw the Farlingaye team perform twice to a very high standard. They were deserved winners in a tough competition and made excellent ambassadors for the school.”

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